Dhaka: Thai Airways International, which now flies daily to Dhaka, will be increasing its frequencies to 11 from today (January 1 ).
This was disclosed by Satit Dumrerng, General Manager-Bangladesh, Thai Airways International, at a press conference in the Thai Airways International Public Company Ltd Dhaka office on December 27.
The new flight, Flight TG340 will depart Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at02:00 hours and arrive at5:30 hours at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flight TG339 will depart Suvarnabhumi International Airport at23:15 hours and arrive at00:50 +1 hours at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The daily flights - Flight TG322 depart Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at13:40 hours and arrives at17:10 hours at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Flight TG321 departs Suvarnabhumi International Airport at10:55 hours and arrive12:30 at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Suebsak Dangboonrueng, Minister Counselor (Commercial), Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, said, “The flight will increase relationship between Bangladeshis and Thai people and will have a positive impact in Thailand and of course in Bangladesh.”
“Visa seekers for medical purposes visa would be get priority,” he added. Describing his role as a matchmaker, he said, “I am trying to bring the businessmen of the two countries by introducing them with each other. I want to change the whole business idea.” Terming himself as a middleman, he said, “It is my job to provide information to both Thai and Bangladesh businessmen and they can get it with confidence.”
He said businessmen of both the countries have enormous scope in garments, hotel, IT and tourism sector.” Dangboonrueng said, “Bangladesh’s economy has a good future ahead. But the government needs to improve infrastructure to develop tourism sector.” He felt it was a good thing that it was a daytime flight. Describing a earlier experience, he said he lost a whole day as he had to wait for the next flight. The airline, which is already offering promotional fares, will be offering special promotional fares to mark the inauguration of the new flights. The special promotional fares started on December 16 and will be available tillJanuary 15, 2017 .
The passengers purchasing air tickets at promotional fares will have to depart from within February 2017. The new flights will offer convenient connections to ASEAN countries, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, he said. Our fares are competitive and what sets us apart, is the Business Class and the renowned Royal Orchid Service we offer on board, Dumrerng said. Cargo is also doing well, specially to China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Europe. We are also offering promotional, competitive rates for cargo as well.
Dumrerng admitted that the number of passengers this year is less than last year, the revenue is still higher than last year, as we are selling our network. He said, earlier about 80 per cent Bangladeshis travellers went to Bangkok but now 30 to 40 per cent go to Bangkok and the rest across the airline's network. Dumrerng said, Japanese expatriates working here usually fly Business Class to Japan, businessmen use our flights to go to China, students and families fly to Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand while to Korea and Malaysia it is mostly labour (passengers).
We have top hospitals in Bangkok and I'll be promoting medical travel to Thailand, he said. Dumrerng said now is the ideal time for Bangladeshis to visit Thailand as the government of Thailand has waived visa fees till the end of February 2017 and they would be able to purchase their Thai Airlines tickets at promotional fares.
Very good news from Thai airways. It is also necessary to improve visa service from Thai Embassy. Some times they delay and reject visa without any reason. This service is very important to travel to Thailand.